Canadian Music Week 2005 at various venues, Thursday through Saturday (March 3-5). See club listings for complete showcase information. Individual shows free-$26.50, wristbands $30, available through Ticketmaster (416-870-8000, www.ticketmaster.ca). Note: some shows have limited wristband access. Check www.cmw.net for further conference event information, details and updates. Rating: NNN
Tina Dico is best known for her work singing with Zero 7, unless you live in Denmark, where this album went to number one on the charts last July. In The Red finds her exploring country-inflected roots pop, with intimate, earnest heartbreak lyrics. She's a talented vocalist, but the weak point here is the inconsistent songwriting and production. There are strong moments, but too few to carry a full album. Dico's at her best when the instrumentation is sparse enough to let her personality come through, as in the closing track. Too bad much of the rest is overproduced to the point where it sounds interchangeable with any other moping roots-pop artist.
Dico plays a CMW set Saturday (March 4) at the Drake Underground.